I haven't had the time to write lately and there have been no new updates on Ayla's case that needed my immediate attention so I have been focused on moving. Last week though something happened in Augusta that shook me to the core and I know it affected many others from here in Maine, especially those in the central Maine area.Police responded to an apartment on Crosby St. in Augusta. When they got there they found Jillian Jones, 24 dead in the bathroom. She had been stabbed. The only other person in the house at the time was her boyfriend, Justin Pillsbury, 38. He also had what appeared to be self inflicted stab wounds.As more of the story unfolded, Pillsbury claims he blacked out and went into a rage after finding Jones on the phone with another man. He stabbed her in the ear, neck, and chin. Upon stabbing her, he tried to reportedly kill himself but the knife was too dull. Apparently, a roommate Michael St Pierre, arrived home right after Pillsbury stabbed Jones to death and proceeded to sharpen the knife for Pillsbury but never called 911 until after leaving the house. Neighbors witnessed the fighting between Jones and Pillsbury, one even stated she went over to the house and saw Pillsbury pushed Jones up against a window and all reported hearing screaming and crying but no one intervened or called 911. Police arrested Pillsbury two days later after he was released from the hospital for treatment of the self inflicted wounds. He denied a bail hearing and awaits trial at the Kennebec County Jail.As many of you from here know Maine really is a small community. When someone makes the news, whether in a good way or a bad way, we all seem to either know the person or know someone that knows them and so on and so forth. This case was no different. Justin Pillsbury is my age. We used to spend weekends at the roller skating rink when in jr high school. I didn't know him directly but many of my close friends were close to him. From what I know of Justin back then, he did not seem capable of this. From those who were close to him in the more recent years, they too are still in shock. They didn't think he was capable of this then or now.What it goes to show is that no matter how well you think you know someone or what goes on behind the closed doors of their homes, you don't really know unless you are there every minute of every day to witness what happens. Domestic Violence is a major issue in the United States and it needs to stop but we are never going to eradicate those who persuade violence. It just isn't going to happen. Instead we need to speak up and bring attention to the situations we are made aware of. People have to stop being afraid to call the police when they see something that they suspect is domestic violence or even asking if everything is okay to try and diffuse the situation. I can't help but wonder if Jillian could have made it if help had arrived. I can't and don't put the blame on bystanders though, only Justin alone can carry that. It is just frustrating because it seems so senseless.Those who knew Jillian best also do not want her death to be in vain and have formed Project Teal to help raise awareness of Domestic Violence in Jillian Jones' name.https://m.facebook.com/TEALPROJECT?ref=m_notif¬if_t=page_invite_accepted&actorid=726917083&__user=100000238221490Please take a minute and like this page on Facebook and share this page with your friends. You don't know if someone on your friends list is silently suffering from domestic abuse and is looking for someone to talk to that won't judge or a way out.In closing, many of you may remember Jillian Jones from an unfortunate situation a few years ago where her toddler ingested cocaine. I recently read a callous comment on the Portland Press Herald regarding that and in turn minimizing Jillian's death, almost as if it was justified. If I see any comments here I will delete them and not sure why the PPH allowed it to stay. No one here is free from ever making a mistake or having done things they regret. Period.
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